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Access and Public Services 10.05.2020

A man using a pickaxe on rock with the words "Prospector Digs For You"

Did you know you have access to research materials from libraries all across Colorado? Sharing materials amongst libraries stopped for a time because of COVID-19 restrictions but our old friend “Prospector” is back up and running. That means more materials are now available to you! 

What’s Prospector? 

If we don’t have your requested materials in our library, our system searches for your scholarly “nuggets” all across the state and brings them home to you at Auraria Library. Just like the Coloradan prospectors of the past searching for gold, our search system for Colorado is called “Prospector” and it finds your (scholarly) gold. 

Prospector might not physically dig (our librarians do that!) but he finds some serious “gold”! Through Prospector you have access to 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos, and other treasures for your research.

How do I use Prospector? 

  1. Search for the item you need using Start My Research

  2. If Auraria Library does not own the item, then you can search Prospector by clicking on the link in the top right-hand corner of the catalog. 

    A screen shot of Start My Research results with Prospector button on top right
    Notice "Colorado (Prospector)" on the top right. That's him!


  3. Search for the item you need in Prospector. Once you find the item, click the “Request It” button. 

  4. A pop-up box will appear asking for your affiliated institution, choose Auraria Library from the drop-down menu. 

  5. Finally, enter your full name and student/staff/faculty ID number.  

Once you’ve requested your research materials through Prospector, they will arrive at Auraria Library and will need to be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours. After that, you’ll be notified by email that your items are ready to pick-up. After receiving this e-mail, please schedule a time to pick-up these items using our online calendar. 

Get help from a Prospector expert 

Icon image of three peopleAsk Us Chat
Text: 720-438-4446. We’ll answer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and reply to after-hours questions within 24 business hours. (Your provider rates will apply.) 
Email: Use our email form or send to We will respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. 
Call: 303-315-7763



Need materials from libraries outside Colorado? 

Prospector loves Colorado and isn’t fond of leaving the state but, no worries, that’s where a second system comes in: Interlibrary Loan. Learn more about Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

Ask Us Chat

Use this chat box to ask a librarian for research help. We’re available 24/7! (Holidays excluded.)


Text us your questions to 720-438-4446. We’ll answer from 9 am to 6 pm during the week and reply to after hours questions the next morning. (Your provider rates will apply.)


  • What Help is Available?
    Please visit our Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for the latest updates about what services are currently available.

  • Visit the Ask Us Desk
    The Ask Us Service Desk is located on the first floor of the Library and provides in-person help by answering questions about the Library, Campus, or three Institutions. This service also loans anatomical items, technology items (such as phone charges and calculators), plus course reserves, or textbooks, for some classes. Please visit the Auraria Library COVID-19 Updates for information about when this service will be available.

  • Research Consultations
    Research consultations are for in-depth and lengthy discussions about research questions. Please use Schedule a Research Consultation Form to request an appointment. We can help you out via Zoom or over the phone. Due to the level of preparation needed, appointments should be made 48 hours in advance. If you need immediate help, please use our 24/7 chat service.


For general library information, as well as for questions about borrowing, renewing, or returning library materials, call 303-315-7763.

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    Let's get started with using the library tools!

    Take a quick tour to learn about the research tools on this page.